Compare and contrast a long-distance friendship with a geographically-close friendship.

Compare and contrast a long-distance friendship with a geographically-close friendship.

Complete the Mini Research Study Handout and Rubric for your selected long-distance relationship and your geographically close relationship. Use the results to complete Part B.

Think about one long-distance friendship. This is a friend with whom you do not have frequent face-to-face contact (i.e., you only see him or her a few times each year), and with whom you communicate via communication technology (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, email, instant messaging, text messaging, etc.).

Now, repeat this process thinking about one friend with whom you have regular face-to-face contact (i.e., you see him or her at least every two weeks, if not more).

Respond to the following questions and draw conclusions about the two relationships.

What similarities do you notice between the two friends? Why might these similarities exist? What differences do you notice between the two friends? Why might these differences exist? Use the literature to support your responses.

What benefits do you gain by using communication technology to help your long-distance friendship overcome spatial and time separation? What hindrances does communication technology bring to this relationship? How does communication technology enhance your face-to-face friendship? How does it hinder it?

How do your findings and conclusions relate to other friendships you have?

(you can base this friendship on your personal friend as a THE writer! I have already filled in the highlighted examples of the person that’s my friend. Hopefully they can resemble your best friend too! have fun!)